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Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson looks at some top gadgets to emerge from Berlin

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VIVOSTICK PC TS10 ASUS

Microsoft’s latest software, Windows 10, generally requires a computer on which to operate. This stick-shaped device disproves that idea. The ASUS VivoStick PC is a pen-like stick that weighs just 68g and contains a new Intel Atom chip and 2GB RAM to run Windows 10 on any monitor or television it plugs into with its HDMI port. It also offers 32GB storage to save your files, a USB 2.0 port, USB 3.0 connection, HDMI out, and a Micro USB connection to power it. The system-in-a-stick will cost $129 in the US.

THETA S RICOH

One of the most unusual cameras got an update at IFA, and it’s coming to Australia. Ricoh unveiled its Theta S camera that captures “spherical” 360-degree photos using two camera lenses and sensors to produce a complete image in a single click. The new model has a greater resolution at 13 megapixels, can capture 360degree videos for up to 25 minutes at a time, and has faster f2.0 lenses. Photos from the pocketsize­d device can be uploaded and shared to social networks.

XPERIA Z5 PREMIUM SONY

Sony’s newest flagship smartphone has two big-ticket tech additions. First, its 5.5-inch screen is the first to feature a 4K resolution — the same resolution usually reserved for big-screen television­s. Second, Sony has added a serious camera to this phone, with a 23-megapixel resolution, a record-breaking autofocus speed of just 0.03 seconds, image stabilisat­ion, and a low-light rating of 12,800 ISO. The smartphone will also be one of the only waterproof handsets left on the market, will no longer feature a plug over its charging port, and adds a fingerprin­t sensor to the button on its side.

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